I always wondered why many bloggers seemed to disappear from the scene after they brought their children home. And now I know. I would love to be one of those moms that has it together enough to blog every day (or even every week), but it seems like the stuff of my real life just doesn’t leave a lot of time for that right now. So, the best I can do for now is post a quick picture of that sweet little girl every once in a while. I’d really love to be insightful and witty and thoughtful. Maybe next year.
I am, however, going to interrupt this long period of blog silence to post a few Christmas related things that I have stumbled across and really like. Since we’ve returned from Ethiopia we’ve been rethinking the way we do a lot of things. And of course, that includes Christmas. I want Christmas to mean something different for our family and for Zoe than what it seems to have become in America these days. The past couple years we’ve scaled our gift giving way back and diverted the money we would have spent on each other to organizations that change people’s lives. And it’s so much fun! Now, how you get small children to see the fun in that when all their friends are getting mini-Hummers for Christmas, I’m not sure. A challenge for another year, I suppose.
So, I thought I’d share some stuff that I’ve come across in the last few weeks that make my list of thought-provoking, inspirational Christmas stuff.
- There’s this video from the Advent Conspiracy – a powerful message again this year:
“There’s a little girl from Ethiopia who goes everywhere with me. She just stands there expressionless, her skin ashen, her hair falling out, her feet missing toe nails, her tongue swollen, her two fingers pointing into her mouth in a silent plea for food.
When I want. When I say “I need,” “I’m poor” or “I’m starving.” When I’m tempted to buy something for someone this Christmas who already has everything. She stands there. She always stands there.
She represents the almost 30,000 kids under the age of five who will die today from poverty.”
Or this post
, also from Shaun Groves which is pretty spot on, in my opinion. An excerpt…
“There was a time in American history when Christians could be counted on to get angry about the right stuff – the stuff that seems to have made Jesus angry. In the 1920s, for instance, when Saint Nick became the patron saint of American consumerism, most Christians in this country opposed the holiday because of its inextricable connection to materialism and self-indulgence.
Fast forward to 2005. The American Family Association spearheaded a boycott of Target because the retailer wished shoppers a “Happy Holiday” instead of a “Merry Christmas.” The AFA wanted to make sure all our self-indulgence and materialism was being carried out in Jesus’ name.”
So what is making our new style Christmas list this year?
- The World Vision Gift Catalog which is full of cool things you can give to someone with real needs in honor of someone that has everything they need. Chickens, goats, wells, school supplies, etc.
- The Water for Christmas campaign. One in eight people on the planet don’t have access to clean water. But $20 provides clean water to 1 person for 20 years. When I hear numbers like that it seems like it should be an easy problem to solve, yet it is so big.
- And the Compassion International child sponsorship program. This is one of the coolest things out there – knowing that your sponsorship is changing the life of one child.
I know it’s been a while since I posted any Zoe pictures, so just to prove that she’s still kinda cute I’ll leave you with one. Baby girl is going to be one in 2 weeks!
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